The Bay Area Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Redwood Regional Park

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Sequoia sempervirens, or coastal redwoods, grow to 150 feet tall in Redwood Regional Park, one of the few spots in the Bay Area that...


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This upscale neighborhood is one of Oakland's most desirable places to live. Explore the tree-lined streets that radiate out from College...

San Pablo Avenue

  • Neighborhood/Street

Berkeley's diversity is front and center along this evolving north–south artery in West Berkeley, where the old and new stand side...

Sausalito Visitors Center and Historical Exhibit

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The local historical society operates the center, where you can get your bearings, learn some history, and find out what's happening...

Stinson Beach

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When the fog hasn't rolled in, this expansive stretch of sand is about as close as you can get in Marin to the stereotypical feel of...

Telegraph Avenue

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Cafés, bookstores, poster shops, and street vendors line Berkeley's student-oriented thoroughfare, a bustling, if shabby, place to whiff...


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Centering on Telegraph Avenue between Piedmont and South Berkeley, Temescal ("sweat house" in the language of the Aztec) is a low-pretension...

Tilden Regional Park

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The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is the star of this 2,000-acre park in the hills east of the U.C. Berkeley campus. Botanically speaking...

University of California

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Known simply as "Cal," the founding campus of California's university system is one of the leading intellectual centers in the United...


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This is where nightlife and cutting-edge art happens in Oakland, along the formerly gritty, currently crazy-cool Telegraph Avenue/Broadway...